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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction Myths And Facts

Many myths persist when it comes to erectile dysfunction and its causes. The reality is that erectile dysfunction has several causes and it is important to separate the facts from the myths. Even though there are a number of people suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), the condition is still surrounded by information that is misguided and wrong.

Following are some of the most popular myths surrounding ED:


Myth: You are old and that is why you have ED


Fact:   While it is true that Erectile Dysfunction is more common in older men, just because you are older does not mean that you must accept ED as a normal part of the aging process. It is important to understand that ED is a medical problem that can occur in older men as well as younger men. The good news is that regardless of age, if you are experiencing ED, it can be treated.



Myth: Lack of sexual desire is the cause of ED


Fact:   Lack of sexual attraction towards your partner can cause you not to get an erection. However, when it comes to ED, the more likely culprit is medically related. Fear of sex and avoiding intercourse because they may not have an erection may be the reason a male has a lack of sexual desire.



Myth: ED is mostly psychological

Fact:   Yes, some cases of ED are psychological but the percentage is quite small; around 10%. Most cases are related to medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or occur following surgery for prostate cancer. The fact is, the cause of ED is much more body related than mentally related.



Myth: ED is not a common problem


Fact:   That would be incorrect. About 18 million men in the United States have erectile dysfunction.


Myth: A diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction means pills for the rest of your life.

Fact:   Erectile Dysfunction can be treated many different ways. Medications that have been approved by the FDA include medications taken by mouth, injected directly into the penis, or inserted into the urethra. All of these options have been very effective in the treatment of ED.


Myth:             ED can be treated with herbal supplements

Fact:   Many people believe they can treat ED themselves and use herbal supplements to do so. However, herbal supplements have not been scientifically proven to treat ED and the FDA does not regulate them. Using herbal supplements may interfere with other medications you are taking and they may cause unwanted side effects.

Myth:             Tight underwear is causing your Erectile Dysfunction

Fact:   This myth just will not go away. There is no correlation between tight underwear and erectile dysfunction. ED is physical or psychological but your tight underwear does not contribute to this serious problem.

Myth: Erectile Dysfunction is only a man’s problem

Fact:   If a man suffers from ED, it can also cause problems for his sexual partner. When impotence goes untreated, both partners suffer. Failure to communicate and denial of the problem can lead to depression, anxiety, and lack of self –esteem and this can affect both partners.

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